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Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Online Book Group

Information Session

Love to read but don't have time for in-person book groups? Do you always have more to say than is feasible in a single book group meeting? Want to dig into your reading with others in an online environment? Mechanics' Institute's online book group may be just the thing for you!

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Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 12:30pm

Authors Thad Carhart & Leonard Pitt

Two seasoned travelers and writers look back to times living in France to discuss how history, philosophy and the power of place influence their work and lives today.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 12:00pm to 12:00pm

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist

By Betty Halbreich

Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original, after nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career… Meticulous, impeccable, hardworking, elegant, and—most of all—delightfully funny, Halbreich's memoir will appeal to those interested in fashion -- and the subversion of fashion.

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Activities
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 7:00pm

Harold Norse Centennial Celebration

This series of centennial events sponsored by The Beat Museum held in San Francisco and Los Angeles offers a look back at Harold's legacy as an unheralded voice in Beat poetry with panel discussions with writers and artists who knew him.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of The Beat Museum Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 08, 2016 - 6:00pm

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

This diverting, lightweight romantic comedy boasts an unforgettable airborne production number and the first screen pairing of Astaire and Rogers.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Galton Case

Ross MacDonald

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. Now Anthony's mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton's son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them. Devious and poetic, The Galton Case displays MacDonald at the pinnacle of his form.

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Classes
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours


Reserve a half hour one-on-one appointment with a librarian to work on questions regarding your email, ebook readers, making the best use of the Library's online features, safely managing your social media accounts, or any other computer- or technology-related questions.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Light in August

By William Faulkner

Faulkner’s novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality features some of his most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. The group will discuss this book over two meetings.

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Book Group Meetings - Graphic Novel Reading Group
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ms. Marvel, Volume 1

By G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is she ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either.

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Activities
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with Lyzette Wanzer

How to Professionalize Your Writing Practice

Do you long to be taken seriously as an author? At this month's Writers' Lunch, local author Lizette Wanzer will introduce you to several "practices" that will enable you to grow your writing career.

Members only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

A Room of One's Own & Women and Writing

By Virginia Woolf

Known for her novels, and for the dubious fame of being a doyenne of the Bloomsbury Group, in her time Virginia Woolf was highly respected as a major essayist and critic with a special interest and commitment to contemporary literature, and women's writing in particular. We’ll kick off the Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group by exploring Woolf’s own thoughts on writing to contextualize her fiction.

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Activities
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Out and About: Gallery Visit

Paul Madonna at The Dryansky Gallery

Meet artist and author Paul Madonna to view his new work Close Enough for the Angels, an exhibition of original drawings from Thailand, China, and Japan, along with the release of his new plot-driven novel of the same name.

Members and Public; Free
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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions

An evening with author Michael Helquist

On the eve of the centennial of the San Francisco Preparedness day Parade in support of US entry into World War I and the subsequent bombing, we look at a West Coast dissenter and heroine. This is the story of a fighter for women's suffrage, labor rights, and reproductive freedom, a woman who paid a steep personal price for living by her convictions.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Mambo Kings (1992)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

Two Cuban brothers seek their musical fortunes in 1950s New York in this melodramatic adaptation of Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Light in August

By William Faulkner

Faulkner’s novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality features some of his most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. The group will discuss this book over two meetings.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

High Spirits and Drinking the Devil's Acre

An evening with authors J.K. Dineen and Duggan McDonnell

Join authors J. K. Dineen and Duggan McDonnell in a spirited discussion of San Francisco's vibrant bar scene – past, present, and future – and take a romp through the city with tales of the drinks and drinking establishments at the very foundations of our fair city.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

German Novellas

Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich Von Kleist & Lenz by Georg Büchner

The World Literature group will discuss two iconic German novellas, Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich Von Kleist, and Lenz by Georg Büchner.

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Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Friday, August 05, 2016 (All day) to 12:00am

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

By Julia Briggs

Julia Briggs puts writing at the center of Woolf’s life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf’s own commen­tary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, August 05, 2016 - 6:00pm

Our Man in Havana (1959)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

A smashing adaptation of Graham Greene's sly novel about a nondescript British vacuum cleaner salesman who agrees to spy for Her Majesty's secret service.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, August 08, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Murder on Fifth Avenue

By Michael Jahn

Captain Bill Donovan is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child, enjoying a well-deserved partial leave from the danger and mayhem of the big city. But more dangerous matters are afoot, and when a high-society Manhattanite is shot and killed while shopping for jewels at Sarkana with his fiancee, Donovan is drawn, quite unwillingly, into the most bizarre murder case of his career...

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Book Group Meetings - Graphic Novel Reading Group
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

City of Clowns

By Daniel Alarcón

Oscar “Chino” Uribe is a young Peruvian journalist for a local tabloid paper. After the recent death of his philandering father, he must confront the idea of his father’s other family, and how much of his own identity has been shaped by his father’s murky morals. At the same time, he begins to chronicle the life of street clowns, sad characters who populate the violent and corrupt city streets of Lima, and is drawn into their haunting, fantastical world.

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Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Night and Day

By Virginia Woolf

Join fellow members to discuss Virginia Woolf's immaculately-observed social comedy that explores the boundaries between personal freedom and the demands of love.

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Evita (1996)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

The Rice-Webber stage musical about the rise and reign of Argentine First Lady Eva Peron is transposed to the screen as a parade of pomp and pageantry.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)